Currently available in Steam's Early Access, Layers of Fear is a disturbing and inventive indie horror adventure that has you exploring a house and one man's descent into obsessive madness. With gorgeous visuals, top-notch atmosphere, and a surreal and otherworldly world that changes as you explore, it's full of masterfully executed scares, but may be too on-rails and uninteractive for some.
There's a frail and senile old man, they say, who lives alone on the edge of town and pays for his groceries with gold dubloons... the perfect mark for a trio of goons in this short but supremely creepy freeware indie point-and-click adventure based on the original tale by Lovecraft.
Lost and alone in the dark woods our heroine must find her way to sanctuary. With the strength to pull herself up onto the muddy cliffs and the will to descend into the dark caverns finding a way out seems to be a feat feasible until she runs into mysterious goo like monsters who are seeking her out to devour her very soul in this free indie horror stealth platformer.
When you come across a little girl on the side of the road and agree to escort her home, you couldn't imagine the bizarre adventure you're about to set out on in this surreal and unsettling indie horror adventure game. Though short and with some frustrating puzzles, Stray Cat Crossing's gorgeous, creative presentation and heartbreaking story are top notch.
After the brutal murder of her parents, Fran Bow finds herself locked away in an asylum for children, but she's determined to escape and find her beloved cat, Mr Midnight. What awaits, however, is an extremely dark and macabre adventure full of danger and nightmares, and in this thoroughly disturbing indie point-and-click adventure, reality isn't as straight-forward as you might think.
Death is only the beginning for 16 year old Mishiro, who plans to throw herself into a nearby lake that's the source of local legends. But when she finds herself trapped in a dark and dangerous world, she also finds herself without her memories, and she'll need to regain them all, and possibly those of others stranded there, to find a way forward in this creepy and unsettling free indie horror adventure from Teriyaki Tomato, translated by vgperson.
You're trapped, and a twisted little girl who seems to have bizarre and disturbing powers insists you can be one of her "Chosen"... if you survive. A creative and captivatingly creepy hidden-object adventure that's full of shocks and twists, and definitely worth clearing an evening for.
Called in to investigate a murder of a very familiar looking young woman, a hunt for evidence in a strange house leads you on an unexpected and surreal adventure in this next big installment of Rusty Lake's wildly popular point-and-click series, also free for Android and iOS!
Waking up with a pounding headache stinks. Waking up with a pounding headache in a starship's airlock and discovering everyone else is dead? You must be in one of ScriptWelder's fantastically creepy anti-escape games! Investigate the ship and discover the truth, but you're working on borrowed time, and you may not be alone.
If you're going to read this you better do it quick because you're running out of time. In roughly 20 minutes a subway train is going to crash, and you're the only one on board this charging death sentence. It's up to you to solve the puzzles to restart the train's system before your time is up in this free indie point-and-click puzzle game.
In this surreal free indie adventure, a bunch of fishermen, believing they're following a "chosen one", have started a new underground society... and that's just the tip of the iceberg of strangeness. When two of these fishermen, who have never fished or even seen water, decide to climb to the surface, that's when things get really weird.
In this short but tantalizing free prologue for an upcoming indie horror adventure visual novel series, Jorgen is a new walkerman, someone who braves the dark to deal with the creatures that stalk it and the strange rules that govern them using the odd tools of his trade, but when he gets lost on his way to the troubled city of Midgard, his fledgling abilities are put to the test in the darkness of the trees.
In this action-packed indie game, you're just a a schmuck with a gun whose dreams of making it big are derailed by a little thing called the zombie apocalypse. Blast your way through this quirky, gory shooter!
While on your way to one of your book signings, you find yourself stranded in the tiny town of Oakville, and with barbed wire and barricades everywhere, not to mention a slew of missing persons posters, it's clear there's something sinister afoot in this creepy cool hidden-object adventure from Eipix Entertainment.
In this seven part free online episodic visual novel series, teenager Isis Black's first job at a local cafe takes a bizarre twist, and suddenly she discovers a dark world of secrets, danger... and maybe romance? Keep your passwords from each chapter to unlock your progress in the next, with good and bad endings for the three male leads!
A crash awakes you in the dead of night, and when you go to investigate, you quickly discover something is very, very wrong, and you might not be alone in this short first unsettling installment for a new point-and-click adventure series from Alice is Dead co-creator Hyptosis.
When a car overturns one rainy night after being accosted by a terrifying apparition, a young girl finds herself stranded in the middle of nowhere, and to find her way home she'll need to deal with hostile spirits and confounding puzzles in this action adventure also available for iOS and Android.
You wake with a headache, remembering only a smiling girl, but it quickly becomes apparent that something is seriously wrong in this freaky retro action adventure that's worth playing despite a lack of polish.
Lost in a strange world, fate brings you to one very odd half-rabbit man. Offering to help you out, he sweeps you off your feet for a tour of this new land. But something is off about this overly friendly man, and what seems like a lovely romance blooming can actually be a pretty terrifying tale.
Your former magic students Lucia and Roberto were to be married tomorrow, until Roberto went missing and Lucia was accused of murder. She's going to be executed at midnight, and if that weren't stressful enough, the Fates themselves tell you only you can help recover an unimaginably powerful magical artifact stolen from them in this stunning hidden-object adventure.
Alone at the end of the world... or are you? How long can your survival in this clunky but surreal horror simulation, when food and water are in limited supplies and the shadows and snow work against you?
In this playable free Early Access indie horror game, you've come to a remote house with a bad reputation. You're greeted by a cute ghost girl who challenges you to make it through all 1000 rooms, but the farther you go, the more it becomes apparent that there's more danger here that startling cardboard skeletons and slimes.
These two escape games from Rusty Lake are the start of a chilling new series. It begins in Seasons, as you travel through your memories inside a quiet house with its share of secrets, and continues to the deceptively serene fishing cabin of The Lake. These strikingly surreal games are also free for iOS and Android, and with more to come, an extremely promising start.
It's the end of the world... unless you can find a cure, that is. You and a handful of other scientists and survivors are holed up in an underground bunker trying to find a way to develop a cure for the disease turning humanity into mindless monsters. But in this meaty free indie horror game, as the days pass, you'll need to work to keep your facility running smooth, and make hard choices.
Rose ventures into an asylum with a dark past in search of a missing girl, but gaps in her memory and strange, surreal creatures and visions haunt here in every darkened hallway in this standalone first installment of Psychoz Interactive's old school survival horror adventures for iOS.
The year is 1983. Space is being conquered by man. However Xanadu, a research space ship that was searching the far edge of the explored universe has sent out a distress signal. Called in to help them fix their engines and get them back home, you soon find the crew to be missing and an even larger mystery surrounding the circumstances in this first-person indie horror adventure.
The first installment into the expanded world of Roope Tamminen's macabre mayhem sandbox horror adventure has arrived! A group of teens are at a lakeside camp trying to get everything ready for it to open, but there's just one small murderous problem, and a whole host of things to interact with in a dynamic environment full of surprises.
Tony and her brothers Pablo and Octavio are just your average, ordinary kids who can turn into playground equipment, but searching for snails near an abandoned factory puts both them, and their hearts, in grave danger in this clever, unexpectedly warm free indie horror adventure that deals with family and humanity.
In this unsettling horror adventure from Maninu and translated by vgperson, a young girl finds herself sucked into one of her own paintings, where danger hides behind a surreal and deceptively idyllic appearance. Nine endings and environmental storytelling makes Bevel's Painting creative and compelling, but clunky and unintuitive conditions for the "best" endings frustrate.
In this creepy Choose Your Own Adventure Kindle horror tale (use one of the free Kindle apps to play!), a desperate phone call from your eccentric brother sets you off on a mission to find and rescue him. But time is running out, and there are things in the dark you may not be prepared to deal with.
Marie Roget has been depressed and withdrawn from her husband lately... and, wacky thought, maybe that has something to do with all the threats she's been getting and the way glass shatters through the house without warning. Find out the truth in this campy/creepy hidden-object adventure from ERS Game Studios!
Originally conceived as a Ludum Dare game, this supremely creepy blend of stealth and exploration for your iOS takes place entirely in the dark. Blind and defenseless, you must use sound to navigate your surroundings, but beware... you're not alone...
Set forth across the vast and unknowable Unterzee in this engrossing blend of Choose Your Own Adventure style storytelling and naval seafaring and combat from the creators of Fallen London... and set in the same world to boot! Create your captain and forge a great legacy, dealing with undying colonists, cannibalism, giant tentacles, and much, much more as you explore a nightmarishly entrancing world.
Psionic delivers a creepy Unity-driven horror adventure in this jumpscare-tastic game. A letter from a colleague who previously spent his career trying to debunk your claims of the paranormal leads you to a dark house with a darker secret. Can you escape?
ScriptWelder returns with another clever anti-escape game, this time taking a more point-and-click adventure route as you desperately search for a way to secure an abandoned building against a horde of incoming undead. You have limited time, and your actions have consequences... can you figure out how to stay safe and alive?
You've been dropped into a quarantined city, searching for a rogue agent and a stolen file, but this place is a war zone. Several months into a zombie epidemic, the people of The Tower are just trying to get by, and when night falls, things get even deadlier in this gorgeous action adventure packed with monsters, crafting, sidequests... and parkour.
Lost and alone you find shelter in a large hidden mansion. In the dark your only goal is to push forward, striving to find a way out. But don't worry, you'll find though you still may be lost, you're not alone anymore in this free indie horror game loosely inspired by a Dwarf Fortress "Let's Play".
Rina just woke up for a coma and can't remember anything about the last month, which is bad news for her since she finds herself the target of a murderous spirit that stalks sinners for seven days unless they atone. But how can she atone for something she can't remember? A short but superb free indie horror game!
After a car accident, you find yourself back in the past on the eve a tragic accident struck your small town, but there's more to the truth of it than anyone suspects in this creepy cool hidden-object horror adventure from Eipix that sets the bar high.
Your sister has gotten lost in a staged haunted house. Is this some elaborate game of hide and seek or is something holding her against her will? One thing is for certain, something is amiss in this fake haunted house. For one thing, it doesn't seem that "fake" any more.
James has been your helpful friend on many a bizarre case, but when you find a letter from him claiming he's dead, you have no choice but to go to the Holy Mountain Hotel and find out what happened in this ghoulish hidden-object adventure.
Detarame Factory, known for excessive cuteness in their escape games, this time goes for excessive goriness in a ghoulishly cute and jumpscare filled horror game filled with weirdness and puzzles.
Waking up with no memory? Check. Underground abandoned facility? Check. Creepy mutant monsters wanting to nibble on your face while you have limited ammo? Check and check. Facility Z is ready to play.
Lou is waiting to meet the girl of his dreams for a second date in the park. When he gets there she is nowhere to be seen but Lou is a man who appreciates nature and good exploration. Even with the peaceful birds chirping away without a care in the world, there is something in the air that just doesn't fit right in this free indie point-and-click adventure.
After Shiori's parents die in a car accident, she drifts listlessly until she discovers a photograph of a relative she doesn't remember, in a town her parents did their best to make her forget about. Despite a rocky translation and some annoying gameplay sequences, this creepy free indie horror adventure emphasizes story, mystery, and character for a solid and engaging play.
Everyone is always bothered by the unexplained bump in the night. But what if the noise is more simple, like someone rustling in the supposedly empty bunk below you. Each night you are haunted by nightmares, but they are nothing compared to what happens when you are awake.
Blink and you'll miss it, but this short and incredibly atmospheric adventure made in just one week about being trapped on a small frozen island with dwindling supplies is one chilly and eerie game we hope is expanded on.
Mere months after the release of the original beloved and terrifying game comes a bigger, meaner sequel, though it mostly feels like a more complete game than the first. With new animatronics, new mechanics, and a whole lot of jump scares and unsettling scenes, can you survive your new night shift?
A family reunion should be a happy time, but you arrive to discover everyone is missing, and it's thanks to your brother Thomas, who seems to harbor some serious grudges, and a unique ability to bring his art to life helps him craft a bizarre and unsettling world in this gorgeous hidden-object adventure.
In the season finale to The Game Kitchen's celebrated Lovecraftian style point-and-click horror adventure, the need for answers drives you to a lonely estate with its share of skeletons in the closet. While it might not answer enough of the questions raised over the series, it offers a fantastically freaky and chilling experience.
The house has been abandoned for years, and everyone who goes into it has vanished... so naturally it seemed like a great idea for you to do so yourself! When you find yourself trapped within, you'll need to uncover the truth in order to escape from this creepy point-and-click game.
- • Ao Oni
- • Ascension
- • Halloween Otome
Hide your kids, hide your 'fraidy-cats, 'cause we're spoopin' everybody! This week, three more free indie games to celebrate the freaky season, from a cute and romantic visual novel set in a very unique Halloween party, to a sidescrolling psychological action adventure, and a classic monster tale made by a very talented escape game developer.
A local hotel has been scaring all its guests away and you've been called in to help in this hidden-object adventure. But why does it seem like the ghost who keeps getting in your way might have an entirely different connection to the story than the nightmares that have been plaguing the guests?
- • One Late Night
- • Paranoiac
- • 7Days
On this installment of Spoopy Saturday, we post three more freaky and free indie horror games to celebrate this most SPOOPY of months. This week, you get more than you bargained for on the late shift, a girl has nowhere to hide in the house she inherited, and you can't escape the house you find yourself trapped in until you figure out what you're supposed to remember...
Death needs your help, and when the lord of the grave comes knocking you should probably listen. People are managing to cheat their own demise, and before any new souls can be born, you have to track down the ones who fled and figure out how they managed it in this gorgeous hidden-object adventure.
You're spending the night at your best friend's house, and someone special is coming by at midnight. Michael Lutz, author of My Father's Long, Long Legs delivers an unsettling twist on familiar territory in this Choose Your Own Adventure Style interactive horror fiction.
Sisters Kat and Aria are lost alone in the woods at night when they accidentally cross paths with two men who don't have the friendliest intentions. How far will they go to save themselves in this Choose Your Own Adventure style text-based tale?
You, a broken down car, a lonely road, and miles of wilderness in either direction. What's the worst that can happen? A short, speedy, and spooky-lite point-and-click adventure from Self-Defiant!
Amanda Ripley has always wanted to find out what happened to her mother Ellen fifteen years ago. Now she's going to confront it head on in this harrowing survival horror adventure where stealth and resourcefulness are your best (and really only) weapons against a seemingly unstoppable and unpredictable enemy that will hunt you every step of the way in your quest to escape the dead station of Sevastopol.
- • Rust and Blood
- • Promise
- • Moonlight Ghost
Welcome to Spoopy Saturdays, where we'll be posting some fine, freaky, and free indie horror games leading up to Halloween! This week, a survival sim in a hostile word, a past best left forgotten, and a game where the scares are provided by you!
A remake of the original Why Am I Dead?, Why Am I Dead: Rebirth by Peltast Games keeps the atmosphere and memorable characters while adding lots of new content. Possessing people and finding your murderer has never been easier, though, of course, those who don't already know whodunnit will probably enjoy it a lot more.
Thomas has a, uh, complicated relationship with his sister in this atmospheric indie horror game based on real-life struggles with OCD and depression. Though many will find the gameplay simple and repetitive, a striking visual style and masterful use of imagery and atmosphere makes it worth checking out.
You've been kidnapped and taken to a facility to test the killing capabilities of a hostile creature in this blend of survival horror and escape! Hunt for items and food and avoid the monster prowling after you in this text-only adventure game.
There's something in Kraven Manor. The old house provides rest from the storm raging outside, and you soon discover it holds an incredible secret... by assembling a model, you can shift and shape the building's layout to your desire. But you're not alone, and you're not wanted... and it won't let you leave alive. A chilling and masterfully atmospheric free indie horror adventure.
Ethan Carter is missing, and a series of gruesome murders are happening throughout the isolated town of Red Creek. Paul Prospero is the occult detective Ethan had been writing to before his disappearance, but what Paul uncovers is just as said as it is shocking and unsettling in this gorgeous indie horror adventure.
A frantic phone call brings you to a remote asylum, but things aren't what they seem in this fantastic and campy thriller hidden-object adventure that's packed with detective work, explosive scenes, and a wonderfully creepy style.
Psionic Games is back with another horror-themed point-and-click adventure, and this one's rendered in full atmospheric 3D with Unity! You find yourself locked within a grim tomb, a giant stone door barring your only exit. Luckily for you, some helpful soul has left you several notes to help you escape! But those notes have more to say about your predicament than you might expect... Enjoy both the puzzles and the shivers up your spine!
A nighttime trip to the bathroom turns freaky in this fast-paced platformer by Deqaf Studios, where you must run and jump and climb past ghoulish dangers as a little boy.
A musical prodigy appears out of nowhere, but her talents are deadly, and you'll need to race to stop her before the dark forces commanding her destroy the city and your friend Kate in the latest hidden-object adventure from ERS Game Studios.
It should be the easiest job in the world, watching the security cameras at night at a pizzeria with a group of animatronic critters. But with a limited power supply and a growing sense of unease, surviving til dawn will take nerves of steel and fast reflexes in this jump-scare-filled indie horror game.
The district of Blackrow has been under quarantine for over two hundred years, but when a young actress is abducted, you have no choice but to dig into its dark secrets in the latest gorgeous hidden-object adventure from Elephant Games.
Children have been vanishing every year, and the locals blame the vengeful spirit of a drowned woman. You play an investigative reporter in this colourful hidden-object adventure who doesn't believe the legends are true, but when a little girl vanishes before your eyes, you discover the truth may be stranger than fiction.
In the final chapter of the terrifying point-and-click adventure series, you've gone even deeper into your dreams to try to escape from them and the creatures holding you captive. Danger lurks around every corner in this game that will give you chills and make you jump.
Cecil's a Paranormal Investigator, and he's been called to spooky Ravensmaw Manor to help a ghost with a problem. In this gorgeously charming puzzle adventure that all ages will adore, you'll track down a greedy demon and learn the surprising truth behind your customer's death and the manor itself.
Help Thomas gather his memories while traveling through the surreal labyrinth that is his daydreams. Explore and experience the madness of one lonely child's mind in this free indie horror adventure game.
You're dead. Again. And again and again and again. Want to stop the cycle? Then you'll have to be light on your feet and smart as a whip in this goulish but gorgeous action adventure escape game for iOS.
Fans of zombies and sepia tinged art rejoice! Hyptosis has come out with another installment of humorous horror with Riverside. Taking place in the same continuity of his popular Sagittarian series of games, Riverside is a faster, almost parodiac take on the apocalypse. It won't win over those cold on the Choose Your Own Adventure style, but fans of Hyptosis' work will find it a fun bit of comedy.
Hope you're being paid well, because this job sucks! They have you working in one seriously dark and freaky warehouse. Good thing it's just your imagination that the walls are closing in... right? Push switches and avoid monsters in this tricky turn-based puzzle, but plan your path, because every four steps brings those jaws nearer...
A killer stalks the city streets, pursued by another... you. In this short but polished visual novel, you play an unnamed woman with mysterious abilities and strange company who sets out to find a missing girl, but maybe not to bring her home safely.
Every night when you go to sleep in your apartment, things... change. It all started with the numbers on the wall that appeared one day. They can't be washed away, and one day they begin counting down... a short but wonderfully creepy free indie horror game made for the 2014 Indie Game Maker Contest
Following a bus crash in the middle of nowhere, you have no choice but to seek help at the World's Most Forboding Hotel. In this crazy hidden-object adventure game, you'll never know what's coming next as you unravel your connection to mysterious disappearances in the area over a decade ago.
After the events of the first two games, you thought you'd finally escaped the crazed killers after you, but things are only going to get stranger in this latest chapter in Psionic Games' bizarre and entertaining point-and-click horror escape series!
You thought your father died when your brother went missing twenty years ago, but the letters your mother hid from you before her death draw you back to a town with a dark secret. A remarkably compelling and beautifully designed hidden-object adventure that will make the time fly like few others.
- • Do You Have a Grudge?
- • The Visitor Returns
- • Rebuild 2
- • Somnium: Exodus
- • Eyes - The Horror Game
- • FPS-Man
- • My Father's Long, Long Legs
- • Aurora
- • Lab of the Dead
- • Intruder
- • Monster Basement
- • Rune Hunt
Like to be scared? This installment of our 12 Best series highlights some of the best horror games around. Everything from terrifying point-and-click adventures about home invasion to rebuilding the world after a zombie apocalypse... and beyond!
A tiny French village is under attack by wolves, but when you arrive you find yourself face-to-face with a more supernatural incarnation. The townsfolk blame a young girl rumoured to have survived a werewolf attack when she was younger, but who can you really trust? A gorgeous and surprisingly inventive hidden-object adventure that's well worth a look.
Late one night while your mother is sleeping, something wakes you up. Now, just two years old, and alone save for your intrepid teddy-bear, you'll need to take a surreal and terrifying journey where you can't always trust what you see, but everything is full of meaning, in this gorgeous indie horror adventure.
He thought the rumours of hauntings at his new hotel were just that... rumours, and something he could use to drum up business. But in this gorgeous hidden-object adventure, truth is stranger than fiction, and something old and very, very evil must be stopped before it's too late!
It was a dark and snowy night. Perfect time for a little breaking and entering, right? Deal with monsters and more in this creepy-cool point-and-click adventure that'll take you a surprisingly long time to finish and has piles of potential despite its design missteps.
Something always goes wrong on a road trip. You run out of snacks, you have to go to the bathroom, the apocalypse happens. In this action-packed zombie game, you're trying desperately to repair a distress beacon when an explosion strands you on the side of the road. Too bad all those waves of mutants aren't going to wait around for you to finish.
Featuring randomly-generated levels and a gorgeous, eerie sound design, this game is not for the faint of heart. Travel through each dark dungeon, collecting notes and artifacts by flickering candlelight, with hordes of undead tormentors ready to leap at you from the darkness.
Rebuild, upgrade, and explore in this unique top-down survival game with a medieval setting. The kingdom is overrun with the walking dead. It's up to you to rescue survivors, build defenses and end the zombie menace once and for all.
Just minutes after seeing your friend, Vincent, he vanishes. Was he claimed by the strange tides of The Thames or is something far more sinister going on? Play as Winston, a mudlarker, who struggles to solve the mystery of a golden locket found on the shores and find his friend, before its too late.
There's something dark hiding inside this free indie adventure. On the surface, it's about a little girl who spends her dreams in a safe, magical place. But sometimes her dreams are cut short... and what kind of life is a life spent hiding anyway?
Pick up your gun and stand against oncoming waves on zombies in this realistic shooter, then manage your group of survivors to scavenge and help defend in between, holding out as long as you can!
After the death of his wife, Adrian's been experiencing some weird things... weird like "water appearing from nowhere to lock him in the basement" weird. You've been called in to investigate, but this isn't any ordinary haunting, and to get to the truth you'll need to dig through the town in this more-crazy-than-creepy hidden-object adventure.
You awake sore and amnesiac in a hospital... but the place is deserted. Notes from a stranger lead you on a bizarre journey through a town that has more than its share of secrets in this creative and ambitious action RPG adventure that blends existential horror with a science-fiction thriller.
Subtlety is not the strong point of the demo of Dark Deception, a first person Unity arcade game by Glowstick Games, but it is a nerve-wracking piece of Pac-Man as survival horror. A bit like a heap of interesting parts that just needs more development to fully coalesce, this is one that scary game lovers should watch out for.
You find yourself all alone in this supremely disturbing horror story... just you, the dust motes, the sunlight... and the knives on the table. Follow the notes to search for clues to find out what's happened, but be warned, you might not want to know.
A town under siege by darkness... a little girl carried away by a deadly black smoke... all in a day's work for someone like you, who has made a habit out of tracking down these evil places of psychic terror. Uncover a dirty secret behind a tragedy and set the past right in this campy yet colourful and fun hidden-object adventure.
In this second chapter of TellTale's episodic point-and-click adventure series based on The Walking Dead, danger literally comes knocking when a stranger who seems to be after Clem's new companions shows up. Faces old and new make an appearance, but safety and trust are harder come by than before, and this chapter pulls no punches.